Assessing EU External Cooperation on Asylum in Light of the UN Global Compact on Refugees: Lessons Learned and Promising Practices

Linked Event to the UN Global Refugee Forum
12 December 2023

This Workshop examines the scope and implementation of European Union’s cooperation instruments on asylum governance with selected third countries, and their compatibility with the UN Global Compact on Refugees (GCR).

The following overarching questions will be explored:

  1. What are the key EU policy priorities and issues for the EU to take into account in the cooperation with third countries on expanding the protective environment and access to international protection? What is the EU’s contribution on international solidarity and forced displacement in the scope of the GRF? And how can the GRF pledge mechanism support accountability and accelerate responsibility sharing?
  2. What specific dilemmas arise when examining EU’s financial, technical and operational support in strengthening national asylum systems? What
    roles do conditionality on expulsions, and issue linkage with other EU policies, play in EU external asylum governance at times of ensuring effective, coherent and human rights compliant policies?
  3. What are the lessons learned and promising practices from EU migration and asylum cooperation agreements and arrangements in light of the UN Global Compact of Refugees?
  4. Which policy recommendations could be considered with the view to advance the objectives of the EU’s role in implementing the GCR? What is and could be the role of national and regional parliaments in ensuring
    democratic accountability of GCR commitments and their implementation?

The Workshop is co-organised between CEPS, the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and the Global Refugee Network (GRN). It is divided in four thematic panels, where key speakers will be presenting. The event will also allow time for open discussion with the public at the end of the interventions.

It will be open to the public, hosted in a hybrid format (online participation is possible) and it aims at bringing together academics, experts, key policy makers and stakeholders, representatives from relevant CSOs, International Organizations and refugee voices.


Thomas Spijkerboer

Full Professor of Migration Law at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Faculty of Law

Gamze Ovacık

Steinberg Postdoctoral Fellow on Migration Law at McGill University Faculty of Law and at the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism

Meltem İneli Ciger

Suleyman Demirel University

Syed Hasnain

UNIRE – Italian National Union of Refugees and Exiles and Member of the Network for Refugee Voices and the European Coalition of Migrants and Refugees

Zakira Hekmat 

Afghan Refugees Solidarity Association & member of the GRN MENA chapter Steering Committee

Daniela Reale 

Global lead on children on the move, Save the Children International

Chloe Marshall-Denton 

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Belgium

Tineke Strik 

Member of the European Parliament

Elise Currie-Roberts


Cecilia Vejby Andersen 

Danish Refugee Council, DRC


Sergio Carrera 

CEPS and ASILE Project Coordinator

Event details

Date: 12.09.2023

Time: 12:30 pm – 15:00 pm (CET)